Grievance - _Grievance_
(Head Not Found, 1998)
by: Aaron McKay (9.5 out of 10)
Maybe it is petty on my part, but the -only- reason why this MCD is not getting a 10 out of 10 is because it is only, -really- only three songs long. The opening track, "Enterance", is an instrumental, followed by three spectacular pieces, ranging in duration from four to six minutes, comprising a blissful near nineteen minute MCD. You might be thinking to yourself: "ASSHOLE! Don't your realize that MCDs are, by definition, supposed to be short?" Of this I am painfully aware, I assure you. I guess what chaps my hide is that if this astonishing release by Grievance was an -hour- and nineteen minutes long, I'm positive that I would still be salivating for yet another couple of song-morsels to devour. To say that this release is genius might be selling it short for the lack of better terminology. The presence of the music is ALL and NOTHING, simultaneously! It washes images of so many black metal acts over the listener, yet, by the same token, reminds you of no one in particular.

(article published 16/1/1999)


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